Hallam C. Shorrock, Jr. 1952 M.Div.

2006 Lux et Veritas

A boyhood Christian commitment in Seattle, wartime study of Japanese, and post-war reconstruction work in Japan as a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) missionary set the stage for Shorrock's diversified career in ecumenical, educational and not-for-profit organizations.

After teaching English in a Tokyo Christian secondary school beginning in 1947 and organizing and participating in the first Japan National Christian Council-sponsored international Christian work camps in 1949-50, Shorrock went on to direct Church World Service's extensive relief and rehabilitation programs in Japan and then Korea. He worked closely with Catholic Relief Services, the Quakers, and the welfare ministry of each country, also representing the interests of the International Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Hong Kong Office. In 1954 he was cited by the Emperor of Japan and awarded the Public Welfare Medal by the Republic of Korea 's president. Shorrock subsequently served for two years as Asia Secretary for the Geneva-based World Council of Churches' Interchurch Aid/Service to Refugees.

In 1963 Shorrock was named vice president for financial affairs of International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. Six years later he became associate director of the University of California Education Abroad Program, responsible for the care of 1,000 UC students studying in 35 host institutions abroad. During 1966-67 he was visiting lecturer in missions at Yale Divinity School.

Shorrock spent four post-retirement years in Japan as ICU's dean of international affairs, and concurrently one year as general secretary of the Association of Christian Colleges and Universities in Asia.

He has three sons, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren. His wife of 54 years, Helen '67 M.A.R., originally a member of the YDS class of 1948, died in 2001. He is now married to Yasuko Fukada. They live in Claremont, CA.


Claremont, California